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## Basic geometry and measurement

### Course: Basic geometry and measurement>Unit 1

Lesson 10: Area versus perimeter

# Area & perimeter word problem: table

Sal solves for the dimension of a table. Created by Sal Khan.

## Video transcript

Charles built a rectangular table that has a perimeter of 20 feet and an area of 24 square feet. The table is longer than it is wide. What are the length and width of the table? The length and width are whole numbers. So it's longer than it is wide. So let's draw this table here. So the table might look something like this-- where this dimension right over here is the length. So this distance right over here is the length. We could also write length here if we want to show that this is the same, these two sides have the same length. And then we could call this dimension right over here-- this is the width. And this is also, of course, the width, as well. This is a rectangle. So these two sides are going to be the same. Now, they tell us that the perimeter is 20 feet, which is another way of saying that the width plus the width plus the length plus the length is equal to 20. And they tell us that the area is 24 square feet. That's another way of saying that the width times the length is going to be 24. So we could write that down. Width times the length is going to be equal to 24. Now, there's a lot of ways to solve this problem. And later on when you learn more algebra, there's fancy algebraic ways to do that. But we won't have to resort to this. They tell us that the length and width are whole numbers. So we really should just be able to try out some numbers, because we know that the width times the length is 24. So we just have try out all of the whole numbers that when I were to take their product, I get to 24. Essentially, the factors of 24, and then figure out which of those satisfy the perimeter up here. Where if I take the width plus the width-- essentially 2 times the width plus 2 times the length-- I am going to get to 20. So let's figure that out. So let me make two columns here. So one column, I'm going to call it a width column. Another column I'm going to call it length. And then I'm going to write down the perimeter. I'll write perimeter. I'll just shorten it with per-- maybe peri. I'll just write out the whole word, perimeter. And then let's write out area. Actually, let's do all that-- I could write it just like that. Let me try out-- make it a table here. So I have a table here. And then I can try things out. And what we can do is just make sure that everything we try out has an area of 24 square feet. So let's just think about the factors of 24. Well, it could be 1 and 24. So this literally could be 1, a width of 1, and a length of 24. 1 times 24 is 24. And they tell us that the length is longer than the width, that the table is longer than it is wide. So we want the larger number under length. So let's see, 1 times 24 is 24. But what is 1 plus 1 plus 24 plus 24? Well, that's going to be 2 plus 48, which is 50. So this doesn't meet our condition that the perimeter is 20. So let's cross that out. So this one right over here does not work out. Let's try the other factors of 24. It could be 2 and 12. Once again, 2 times 12 is 24. But what's 2 plus 2? It's 4, plus 12 plus 12. So it's 4 plus 24. That's going to be 28. Well, that doesn't meet our perimeter constraint. So we can-- that's not going to be right. Well, what about-- let's see, 3 times 8 is also equal to 24. And what's 3 plus 3-- is 6, plus 8 plus 8 is 16. 6 plus 16 is 22. Well, we're getting close, but it's still not a perimeter of 20. So that's not going to be right. Now, what about 4 and 6? Once again, 4 times 6 is 24. And what's 4 plus 4 plus 6 plus 6? Well, that's 8 plus 12, which is indeed equal to 20. So that works out. Our width is going to be 4 feet, and our length is going to be 6 feet.